The Ministry of Energy and Water of Mali and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with funding from the India-UN Development Partnership Fund, constructed drinking water wells and related structures for pumping and distributing drinking water, that is, hydraulic systems, in the District of Bamako and surrounding areas, Sikasso and Segou. The project aimed to improve access to drinking water, thereby enhancing the health conditions of the Malian population in partnering regions. In total, the project built 6 hydraulic systems for 6 villages, including 19 drinking-water distribution points.
Project activities also included production of detailed engineering studies for the works; construction of the drinking water wells, fountains and solar-powered pumping stations; and community organization to facilitate good management of the physical structures built by the project.
The hydraulic system that feeds the pump
“This is a hydraulic system consisting of a 15-cubic-metre tank on a 7-metre tower with panels to feed the pump into the drilling. There is also a small house that serves as a guardian’s lodge and a lamp post next to it that is used for light at night. Each system has 3 fountains, except in Dialakorobougou, which has 4,” said Mr. Guindo, Technical Director of Hydraulic.
“After the hydraulic system was set up, we were trained, and we established a 10-member committee to ensure good management of the fountain,” said Mr. Lamine Dembele from the Village Management Committee.
“We sell a can at 10 CFA francs and the barrel at 100 CFA francs, which is incredible today because before, the barrel was sold at 600 CFA francs,” said Mr. Souleymane Diabate, a fountain maker.
“Where there’s water, there’s life. Now we have it at our disposal at all times; even at night we can use it easily and take a peaceful shower. The whole family is clean and healthy now,” said Ms. Tenimba Coulibaly from Kouliniko.